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UTA In The News — Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

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Clean Energy

The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has selected 60 research projects for up to a combined $156 million in funding from the Fiscal Year 2011 budget, Green Car reported. UT Arlington is among the new ARPA-E selections, which focus on accelerating innovations in clean energy technologies.

Dasgupta grant

WSBT/CBS (South Bend, IN), KTHV/CBS (Little Rock, AR), and KFVS/CBS (Paducah, KY) broadcast a KTVT/CBS 11 report about the $1.2 million grant NASA awarded to Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, UT Arlington Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Dr. Dasgupta will develop an instrument that will test a broad range of ions on Mars. The goal is to determine whether organic ions exist in Martian soil, which could be a first step to identifying organic compounds, the building blocks of life.

Greenovation competition

Pegasus mentioned the partnership between UT Arlington, the state of Texas and the Small Business Development Center for Enterprise Excellence, in sponsoring the “Greenovation” competition. Organizers are offering $10,000 in prizes for the best original green idea and want to help bring the winning product to market. The deadline to enter is Oct. 14.

Celebrating Sierra Leone

Sierra Express Media reported on the panel discussion and cultural/fashion show held at UT Arlington in honor of Sierra Leone’s 50th Independence Anniversary. The program was hosted by Alusine Jalloh, director of The Africa Program at the University.

Gildersleeve honored

Ryan Gildersleeve, an associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies in the UT Arlington College of Education and Health Professions, was recently honored by the National Association of College Admission Counseling with its John B. Muir Award, the NACAC reported. The award recognizes authors who have made the most significant contributions to NACAC’s Journal of College Admission during the past year. Gildersleeve was honored for his article, “Access Between and Beyond Borders (Winter 2010),” which uses a life history method to illustrate the college admission process for undocumented students.